Visions of Johanna lyrics

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Ernold, Aug 13, 2018.

  1. Ernold

    Ernold Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    West Sussex
    What is this great song about, in your opinion?

    And, surely, it's "seems like veneer", not "seems like the mirror"?!
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  2. Siegmund

    Siegmund Forum Resident

    Britain, Europe
    It can't be tied down to one particular meaning: its creator's explanation (which we'll never hear) is only as good as your own.

    I'd agree about 'seems like veneer', which is a stronger image than the (official) 'mirror'.
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  3. Regandron

    Regandron Forum Resident

    London, UK
    As the man almost said.. it is about 7 minutes, although some live versions can be about 9 minutes.
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  4. Sear

    Sear Forum Resident

    Tarragona (Spain)
    Too cryptic
  5. aphexj

    aphexj Sound mind & body

    It's not about anything
  6. Etienne Hanratty

    Etienne Hanratty Forum Resident

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  7. drumzNspace

    drumzNspace Forum Resident

    New Yuck City
    The malaise and fog of love taking over and clouding one’s whole being.
  8. PretzelLogic

    PretzelLogic Machine wrapped in butter.

    London, England
    This is often my favourite Dylan song and lyric.

    Fun fact: in Steely Dan's 'Dr Wu', the line 'all night long, we would sing that stupid song, and every word we sang I knew was true', the 'stupid song' is supposedly none other than 'Visions of Johanna'.
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  9. drumzNspace

    drumzNspace Forum Resident

    New Yuck City
    And it seems a rival is involved, a love triangle, and possibly even some non-monogamy on the author’s own part as well or at least the sense that he’s been there or identifies which also contributes to the fog of thoughts.
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  10. acetboy

    acetboy Forum Resident

    Bloomington, IL
    It's about what you get, with Bob's greatest tune....
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  11. notesfrom

    notesfrom Forum Resident

    NC USA
    Someone named Joan.


    Hidden in plain sight.
  12. moople72

    moople72 Forum Resident

    It just sucks you in to a universe of Bob's creation......somehow he makes you live every detail.....and even when he's absurd it doesn't stand out so much or seem forced or contrived......just a little comic relief in a cinematic experience (and it never gets old, I've surely heard it hundreds of times).
    Sort of like Lennon's I am the Walrus......he makes his own logic and then makes his logic compelling (even when it's absurdist), memorable, always sounds like it was just created right before your hearing it. Neither song really needs a great melody, it would get in the way.....the music/track is secondary but adds the perfect ambiance.....
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  13. baconbadge

    baconbadge Chooglin’

    Queens, NY
    Pretty sure it's about Bob being upset that someone threw a glass in the street. Not that he CARES who did it, he just wants to KNOW who did it. And the last verse is about borrowing a dustpan and cleaning up said glass.
  14. Dylancat

    Dylancat Forum Resident

    Cincinnati, OH
    Def. late night music
  15. goodpickins

    goodpickins Well-Known Member

    Always loved the lyrics and the song but never came up with much searching them for meaning. That's true of most of my favourite Dylan stuff except for the first few albums which were pretty straightforward. I remember as a teenager reading the liner notes on 61, and bringing it all back home and I think freewheelin (memories a little foggy) searching for meaning like everyone did. Or Tarantula, yeesh. I dont think the words added up to a whole lot outside of the music. Very beautiful within though.

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